Back in March, publisher Wired Productions and developer Nosebleed Interactive announced Arcade Paradise, a ’90s “retro arcade adventure” about secretly converting dad’s laundromat into a video game arcade with games that are actually playable. Today, Wired and Nosebleed have released a new trailer to showcase some of the 35+ playable games in Arcade Paradise, and it seems to include riffs on myriad classic games. Even better, they announced that Arcade Paradise will receive a special physical release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5, and preorders are open at the Wired Store. In total, the game will be coming to Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC in spring 2022.
As PR explains, Arcade Paradise will feature “newly created ‘classics’ such as Knuckles and Knees, Zombat 2, Woodgals Adventure, Vostok 2093, Gravichase and the bodacious Racer Chaser in FULL 3D and many more.” Basically, every classic arcade genre seems to be covered, even the really classic wireframe games. The beat ’em up looks particularly cool, but I’m still most intrigued by the Bomberman knockoff. It remains to be seen how much depth any of these playable Arcade Paradise games have; by default, they probably have to be bite-sized, mini-game-like experiences. But that doesn’t detract at all from what a technical accomplishment it is to build so many extra games from scratch within this arcade simulation, which will also see you profiting from and purchasing more of the arcade machines over time.
Since there was nowhere else in the article to naturally mention this, I’ll just inelegantly shove it here: The father of the protagonist is voiced by Doug Cockle, the voice of Geralt in CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher series. So, now you know that too. Article: finished.